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# Difference between sort and sorted in Python

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The difference between sort and sorted in Python is that while `list.sort(~)` permanently modifies the order of the original list, `sorted(~)` returns your list in a sorted order but does not actually modify the original list.

# sort method

To permanently modify order of elements in `animals` according to reverse alphabetical order:

``` animals = ['cat', 'doge', 'bird']print("Using sort: ", animals.sort(reverse=True))print("Original list: ", animals) Using sort: NoneOriginal list: ['doge', 'cat', 'bird'] ```

Notice that nothing is returned from `animals.sort(reverse=True)`. However, the order of elements in the original list is modified.

# sorted method

To return the list `animals` in reverse alphabetical order:

``` animals = ['cat', 'doge', 'bird']print("Using sorted: ", sorted(animals, reverse=True))print("Original list: ", animals) Using sorted: ['doge', 'cat', 'bird']Original list: ['cat', 'doge', 'bird'] ```

Notice that `sorted(animals, reverse=True)` returns the sorted list. However, the original list is unmodified.

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